BMW is going to close the Oxford Mini factory for at least a month from the March 29, 2019, in the midst of the uncertainty about Brexit.
The plant, which is BMW’s largest in the uk and employs around 4,000 people, will close for several weeks as the risk of not treating Brexit rises.
The plant usually closes for a period of time during the summer for maintenance, but this will be moved to April, as part of BMW Brexit plans. It is understood that this latest development is to mitigate the potential impact of logistics of Brexit.
BMW uk boss Ian Robertson previously had to soften the statement made by the group customs manager Stephan Freismuth, who said: “We have always said that we can do our best and prepare for everything, but if at the end of the day, the supply chain will have a stop at the border, not we can produce our products in the united kingdom.”
Robertson clarified that the trademark does not pull out of the uk in the middle of a non-agreement Brexit, saying: “We are committed to our operations in the united kingdom, our work force here.”
The Oxford plant sources Minis to more than 110 countries around the world, although the BMW Group chief Harald Krüger has pointed out previously that the brand also produces Minis at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands.
Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth, recently warned that Brexit would endanger thousands of jobs across the united kingdom production facilities, when combined with the effects of the reaction of the public against the diesel engine of automobiles.